The webinar is sponsored by PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for K-12 school districts. Our web-based approach to live online speech therapy is highly effective and affordable. We now deliver 5,000 sessions a month that are individualized, curriculum-relevant and evidence-based using our nationwide network of SLPs.


During this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand areas of need and trends for occupational therapy in K-12  schools
  • Get an overview of current research about the effectiveness of online therapy
  • Learn about the technological and operational requirements for successful online OT
  • Know the benefits and limitations of online OT based on real-world examples
  • Gain insight into the role and responsibilites of the special education administrator, the OT therapist, and teachers in relation to online OT

Moderator Bios

  • Dr. Rondalyn Whitney is an assistant professor of occupation therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was previously the senior research coordinator at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where her work focused on social skills intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Whitney is the author of several books, including Bridging the Gap and A Writer's Tool Kit. Throughout her career, the focus of her research has largely been related to family quality-of-life when raising a child with a disability. Dr. Whitney holds a PhD in international health sciences from Trident University, an MOT in occupational therapy from Samuel Merritt University, and a psychology from Marshall University.
  • Michael Berthelette is the Vice President of Community Outreach & Education and Occupational Therapy at Allied Health Media. Michael has over 28 years of experience as an education & healthcare executive and occupational therapist. Prior to joining Allied Health Media, Michael was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of Progressus Therapy, where he worked for over 12 years. He holds a M.S. in management from National Louis University and a B.S. in occupational therapy from Worcester State College.

Webinar Title: Online Occupational Therapy: Really?

Date: Tuesday, February 5th

Time: 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT)

Cost: No Charge

Abstract: Special education leaders recognize the growing need for OT (Occupational Therapy) for K-12 students and the need to improve the use of technology to enhance the delivery of clinical services. Occupational therapy practitioners and school districts are now poised to benefit from the use of emerging technologies to deliver OT services remotely into educational settings. And while the technology to deliver OT services at a distance is available, school administrators have a range of practical questions about how this works and about its effectiveness in helping students overcome a range of physical challenges related to illness, injury or disabilities.

Join your colleagues, a nationwide audience of SPED leaders, for a timely one-hour webinar with University of the Sciences professor and OT visionary Dr. Rondalyn Whitney and education & healthcare executive Michael Berthelette.  Dr. Whitney and Mr. Berthelette will introduce the topic and moderate a panel of special education experts, including Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A. CCC-SLP, with over 20 years of clinical and managerial experience; panelists will share their experiences with online OT and answer questions from the audience.

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